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which form of macular degeneration is more serious? l was recently diagnosed with the dry form of macular degeneration. is this form more or less likely to cause vision loss or other problems than the wet form?

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Dr. Ferzaad Moosa
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Macular : Macular degeneration is one of the most common causes of vision loss in the elderly population. The two types are the wet type, and the dry form. The dry is considered less severe and less aggressive than the wet form.
Dr. William Goldstein
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
This : This is actually an interesting question. The answer is that both forms cause vision loss. Dry mac degen causes a slow progression, so this is better in some ways. On the other hand, there is no treatment for the dry form, so the end result may be very severe loss of vision. Wet md causes a more sudden loss of vision due to bleeding or swelling. There is treatment, in the form of injected medications, that can halt the progression, and in 50% of patients may actually cause some improvement!
Dr. John Kim
Dr. John Kim answered
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Yes, : Yes, the dry type is more benign than the wet type. Thus less likely to cause vision loss.
Dr. Theodore Leng
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Both : Both dry and wet forms of amd can cause vision loss. Dry amd is usually slowly progressive and can eventually cause vision loss as geographic atrophy develops over a number of years. Wet amd can cause severe vision loss very quickly (in a number of weeks or months) through the formation of abnormal leaky blood vessels and must be treated promptly to prevent further vision loss. The good news is that there are therapies for wet amd that are 95% effective in preventing vision loss and can actually improve vision in 30-40% of patients.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

At what age are you at risk for vision loss from macular degeneration?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Older age: Macular degeneration is mostly a condition of old age. There are a few inherited forms that can start in the 40's and 50's but most do not appear until the 70's and beyond. The risk is modest but increases with age. Some forms can be modified with treatment so see your retinal specialist if you suspect a problem.
A female asked:

How fast does macular degeneration cause vision loss? My doctor would only say it happens slowly, but didn't really define slow. is it a couple of years, 10 years, more? I understand each person is different, but what's average?

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Dr. Ferzaad Moosa
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Their : Their are different types of macular degeneration. The most aggressive kind, wet macular degeneration, can present with sudden changes in vision. The "slow" variety or dry macular degeneration can take many years to progress.

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